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Financial assistance available to freshmen, transfer students

ISSUED: 14 July 2021
MEDIA CONTACT: Dana Costa

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — As the 2021-2022 academic year approaches and students are preparing to start classes, bills for tuition, fees, and housing are starting to come due. Freshman and transfer students who are planning to attend Shepherd University with a declared major in the fall may be able to get some relief from those bills in the form of tuition waivers offered by each academic department.

“It is important for Shepherd to offer these types of waivers so that departments can target freshman and transfer students who have expressed interest in their programs,” said Dr. Ben Martz, interim provost. “One benefit to students is it allows them to get started early with an advisor who can provide help with their chosen academic career.”

Every academic major is allotted tuition waiver money to use for new students enrolling in their respective major. Kristen Lorenz, director of admissions, said the amount varies from $5,000-$8,000 per department, depending on enrollment.

For example, the new interdisciplinary B.S. or B.A. degree in Appalachian studies has $5,000 in tuition waivers for fall 2021. Dr. Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt, director, Center for Appalachian Studies and Communities, plans to give $1,000 each to five first-year Appalachian studies majors who meet academic and other requirements.

“The new interdisciplinary degree, the first of its kind at Shepherd, offers a creative and unique program of study that is both high interest and flexible for students,” Shurbutt said. “The degree has been constructed to appeal to a contemporary economic structure that prepares students to succeed in an ever-changing and evolving work world and to encourage entrepreneurship and thinking outside the box.”

For the 2021-2022 academic year, Shepherd is offering a total of $313,643 in targeted academic tuition waivers for each department to award to deserving students. This is in addition to $2,249,947 so far in admissions tuition waivers for the President’s, Dean’s, and Director’s scholarships that have been offered to students who meet high school GPA and college admission testing requirements.

The Office of Admissions offers students who are first-time freshmen or transfers other options for lowering their tuition bill. These include test-optional academic scholarships; metro scholarships to students from Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and select counties in Pennsylvania; students with financial need who have filed a FAFSA; and Multicultural Leadership Team scholarships.

Shepherd also participates in the Academic Common Market, which offers tuition savings by the Southern Regional Education Board to students in Maryland, Virginia, and twelve other states who want to pursue degrees that aren’t offered in their home states.

Transfer students are able to take advantage of tuition benefits offered through 2+2 transfer agreements with community colleges and the Scholars Program, a two-year honors program.

For more information about waivers and scholarships offered to first-time freshmen and transfer students, visit the scholarships webage.

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